Clouds of purple blossoms, a quintessential image of Brisbane

Few works in our Collection have enjoyed as much popularity as R. (Richard) Godfrey Rivers’s Under the jacaranda. Painted in 1903, some twelve years after the British-born Rivers arrived in Queensland, the image depicts Rivers and his wife Selina sitting in the shade of a large jacaranda tree, at that time a landmark in Brisbane’s Botanic…

Jacarandas bloom in Purple Reign

‘Purple Reign’ is an immersive secret garden populated with images of jacarandas and interactive experiences by Australian artist Gary Carsley. ‘Purple Reign’ coincides with the jacarandas coming into bloom in Brisbane, and is one of a series of eight artist-led projects to be presented as part of ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9) until 28…

Under the jacaranda: Synonymous with spring in Brisbane

Jacarandas are synonymous with spring in Brisbane. As the weather warms up each October, the trees lining our streets suddenly burst with that characteristic purple – a sign of picnic days and tropical rain storms to come. Some of our favourite displays of this famous ‘purple rain’ are in New Farm Park, by the University…

Under the jacaranda: Queensland’s favourite painting

Kerry Gillett shares her thoughts on Queensland’s favourite painting Under the jacaranda 1903 by R Godfrey Rivers, and also one of Gillett’s favourite works in the Collection. Asking me which is my Collection favourite is like asking me which is my favourite child. I have a favourite choice in each of QAGOMA’s four collecting areas. Like many visitors to…